BLOG POST BY MARY CHEVREAU CEO, Kitchener Public Library It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Lynn Matthews. Mr. Matthews, as he was best known to staff, was the Chief Librarian at Kitchener Public Library from 1973 – 1993. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Mr. Matthews… Read More Remembering Mr. Lynn Matthews
GUEST BLOG POST BY GARY BAUMAN, WEB SERVICES LIBRARIAN You may have noticed an icon on the Kitchener Public Library website, at the top of every page. This is the icon for BrowseAloud, a service which we have had for some time. For those unfamiliar with it, BrowseAloud is an accessibility tool which allows users… Read More Accessibility: BrowseAloud
We’d like to wish everyone a happy Canada Day, especially newcomers to Canada who are celebrating with us for the first time. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received a grant of $20,470 from the Immigration Partnership Council that we’ll be using to host English conversation circles for Syrian newcomers, beginning this fall. The grant funding… Read More Happy Canada Day: Welcoming newcomers
We’re celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 10 – 16! Meet Sara Falhaufer, who volunteers as a shelf reader at Central Library. She just completed the library technician program at Mohawk College yesterday (congratulations, Sara!) and her education, coupled with her volunteer work here, have helped her to get a job at Waterloo Public Library.
Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney and Wings was playing on on the eight-track. People got off the couch and changed the channel from Laverne and Shirley to Charlie’s Angels. Pet rocks and jumping beans were almost as popular as real pets. It was 1976 when Ann Wood started her career at Kitchener Public Library,… Read More Happy trails to you, Ann Wood!
GUEST POST BY LESA BALCH, DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGIES AND CONTENT Access to the internet just got faster! In fact, Kitchener Public Library now offers 200 Mbps of bandwidth to access the internet. Two years ago, Kitchener Public Library increased the bandwidth that is available to use the internet across all library locations for both connected… Read More Faster, higher, stronger: improved internet access
March 8 is International Women’s Day. Take a few minutes throughout the month of March to celebrate the women who empower you, using the hashtag #YouAreEmpowerment. Learn more about how women’s empowerment leads to equality.
There’s a PA Day this Friday for local elementary and secondary school students at both Waterloo Region District School Board and Waterloo Catholic District Catholic School Board. If you’re left scrambling for ideas to keep the kids busy, we’ve got you covered! Staff in the Children’s and Teen Services department have pulled together a bunch… Read More TGIF: Feb. 26 – 28
We’re nearing that point in winter when the days are noticeably longer, and a few precociously early green shoots have been spotted. It’s time to start dreaming and scheming, planning and plotting – your garden, that is! Whether you’re an old pro or just getting started with a few containers, join us this weekend for… Read More TGIF: Feb. 20 & 21
Happy Family Day weekend everyone, and happy Valentine’s Day! It’s going to be extremely cold outside but we’ve got plenty of indoor activities to keep you warm, including live music, family-friendly crafts, stories, and music, and an art exhibit. And for the bravest of you, we’re even hosting a winter hike! All library locations are… Read More TGIF: Feb. 13 – 14